Published at Pure Haiku – Arturina Theme!

I thank Freya Pickard again for selecting a few of my pieces to have included in this theme, here is the first one. The second will be published in December. Stay tuned for that! The Arturina theme was such an inspiration, so many exquisite images!

You can read the piece by clicking here.

Please do go read all the other wonderful submissions. They are all amazing!!

As The World Burns Is Now Available!!!

I’m so happy to share that this book has published!! It is such a relevant anthology of the times, showcasing the arduousness of 2020. 114 writers, poets, and artists have contributed to this book filling it with stories of the difficulties and raw emotions in navigating current social, political, and medical travesties. Black Lives Matter, the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump, and the insecurities felt during the upheavals occurring in our nation, and our world is front and center in this anthology. It is a book facing them all head-on, revealing our humanity but also our strength. I would encourage you to get your copy!

If you prefer paperback, click here or Kindle, click here. And remember, I’d be happy to Authorgraph it digitally, if you choose to purchase an electronic version instead. Thank you for your support! πŸ™‚

5 Day Tales Announcement

Sorry to be the bearer of this news…

Due to the ongoing election, lack of sleep, some personal medical issues and, honestly spoken, frayed nerves, Part 5 will not publish at Midnight as usual. Please don’t be worried, I’m ok but feeling under pressure and exercising some self-care right now.

Let me get a good night’s sleep and I will do my best to have this published tomorrow but rather in the late afternoon (or maybe sooner, hopefully!) instead of the wee early hours.

Thanks in advance for understanding. πŸ™‚

Jumping on the Friend Appreciation Train!!

Thanks for the idea, Laleh!! ❀

What an absolutely wonderful idea to help our readers promote their books! Without the loyal show of support of my readers, I wouldn’t be seeing the consistent and continually growth on I Write Her that I am experiencing, so this is my way of saying THANK YOU!! I don’t have as many followers as Laleh but every little bit of recognition and promotion helps! Please consider doing something similar on your page for your readers. πŸ™‚

So, if you have a book or books, please post a link in the comments and I’ll do the rest! I look forward to you seeing your links in the comments!

GET OUT AND VOTE IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY!!

I’d Love To Sign Your E-book!

Have you purchased an e-book from me? Feeling Human, Every Day I Pause, Smitten?

First, THANK YOU! But also, here’s something special for you FOR FREE! Click this link to Authorgraph here or below to receive a special personalized message from me! Looking forward to your requests! πŸ™‚

Authorgraph

The Short Edition Summer Contest Winners!

I want to thank each and every last one of you who voted on my piece – White Washed. It didn’t win but the fact it made the top ten with your help was incredible! The last I saw, it actually reached the top 5. So thank YOU again, for your love and support. It is deeply appreciated. πŸ™‚

Take a moment to check out the winners of the contest – America: Color It In. You can see why they won!

The Importance Of Thoughts

I’m embarrassed to say this; I don’t know who prompted these thoughts as I’ve somehow managed to lose the link where I read their opinion piece. I usually try to be very good about giving a hat-tip to those who have inspired me but not this time. Perhaps, I initially saw the post on WordPress or maybe Facebook, but I can’t remember now. So, if it was one of my readers, please comment below so I can thank you properly for this inspiration, and link them back to your post!

Reviews are honest feedback from the reader’s experience, which allows the writer to benefit from praise and constructive criticism. It also gives those seeking a new book to read to decide whether they would enjoy the book. I can’t tell you enough how important this is for the writer’s psyche but also sales! People who are earnestly reading the reviews want to make sure they aren’t wasting their money and know what they are getting themselves into with their purchase.

The piece I read prompted me to remind everyone about these critical aspects of purchasing a book. The obvious positive is you are creating revenue for the writer, but you are also doing the author (usually your friend too) the kindness of reading their valuable thoughts. It’s a win-win.

But by reading their work and leaving them a review, it’s a win-win-win situation!

Which brings me to my situation; there are two books which I self-published on Amazon – Feeling Human and Every Day I PauseWith heartfelt thanks, many people have purchased the book from me directly or online. But they need some love and attention. So many of those who bought a book never left a review. Maybe it’s because they haven’t read it yet. I can understand as I have a mountain of books to get through myself. It usually takes me a few months to even read it before I can leave a review. But then there are those for whatever reason, bought it, read it, and then didn’t write one. I wonder, are they just too shy to come forward and don’t feel comfortable reporting their opinion publicly? Or maybe they didn’t like it as well as they thought they would and don’t want to hurt my feelings? I don’t know, and perhaps, will never know. But I definitely would like to know what they thought.

So, what I hope to convey to the people who read my blog, please ALWAYS leave a review if you’ve bought someone’s book. They will be very thankful for it. And if you need to convey some issues with it, be diplomatic but be honest. If it’s harsh but something the person still needs to hear, you can, after all, even talk to them directly. Please and thank you.

Ok, now to the shameless plug to sell my books! πŸ™‚

I’m running a special on them if you buy from me directly. You’ll receive them gratefully signed by me in my unique handwriting! AKA as Dr.’s handwriting. LOL

Feeling Human $12 and Every Day I Pause $15 each or BOTH for $25!!
Shipping $5 in the US, $8 International

If this interests you, please send the appropriate amount to my PayPal account – sushibocks@gmail.com

Thank you!

Ps. And if you make a purchase, PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW! πŸ˜‰

Reminder – I’M A FINALIST!!!

They will be declaring the winner in the next few days, so if you haven’t voted for my poem yet and you want to, please do it now!!! Thank you, I’ll be eternally grateful! πŸ™‚ ❀

I Write Her

I’m beyond ecstatic! This is the first online voting I’ve been a part of and I made it to the finals. Woot Woot!! So exciting! πŸ™‚

Here is where the magic happens. If you want me to win and deem this poem worthy, please click this link and cast your vote or votes if you are allotted more than one. You’ve gotten me this far, please help to take me over the finish line. Whether I win or not, as always, I’m so happy for your love and support! ❀ xoxo

Let’s do this!! πŸ™‚

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3 Pieces Accepted By Indie Blu(e)!!

Today I received notification that my three pieces – Status Quo, Shame On Us and Emptying will be included in the anthology – As the World Burns!

I am so grateful to the team at Indie Blu(e) – Kindra M. Austin, Candice Louisa Daquin, Christine E. Ray, and Rachel Finch – for selecting this pieces for an important anthology speaking to the times we are facing now. It’s wonderful to have my voice heard but also to share the spotlight with the voices of so many other wonderful writers.

Stay tuned for more information about the release of the book!